Nov 22, 2011
Focus Reading Isaiah 64:1-9
If like me you’ve grown up in a mainline Christian church and have looked around you while congregations have closed and declined then it would be easy to despair. If you are like me and you’ve grown up in a mainline church and you’ve come to a living faith in God revealed in Jesus Christ, you can’t help but have hope. The glory days of the 50s and 60s may well have passed but Christ is risen and God is renewing all things. Like the people of Israel when they returned from exile in Babylon, we might feel that the glory days are gone, but though we can not see it now God is moulding us into new and better things.
Near the end of today’s message I say “today’s reading is not depressing, it has a confidence in God and a hope for the future. You are our Father, you are like a potter who is remoulding us like clay. God is still with us, we will be delivered, God has not stopped doing the work that was begun so many years ago.” This is true for your life and church too.
Just how and when this will come we can not know but this is our hope and our life.
Questions for thought or discussion.
Think of and describe something good that you have experienced which has not lived up to expectations. What do you long for, for yourself? What do you long for, for the church community you are a part of? What events of the past have made you have confidence in the future even when times may be hard?